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is the conclusion of an independent dutch report over the invasion of iraq. tony blair's for spin doctor tells britain's inquiry he did not exaggerate the reasons to justify action. after weeks, he breaks his silence to speak to the bbc from hospital. welcome to bbc. coming up later, tehran and washington trade bows over the killing of an iran in physicist. -- n/a ronnie and physicist. -- over the killing of an iranian physicist. hello to you, very glad to have you with us. let's update you on some breaking news just coming in from the caribbean nation of haiti. a tsunami warning has been issued after a major earthquake struck. but the ambassador to the united states has called it a catastrophe of major proportions. it measured seven or 7.3, centered near the capital, port- au-prince, and followed by two large aftershocks. reports speak of a hospital collapsing and a number of houses destroyed. a local tsunami warning for haiti, cuba, the bahamas, and the dominican republic. we will get more on that as soon as we can. i think we now have our correspondent at davis on the line from jamaica. >>
into the invasion of iraq. tony blair's former spend doctor tells britain's iraq inquiry he did not exaggerate the evidence used to justify military action. after years of speculation about his health, the nigerian president breaks his silence. welcome to you "bbc world news." my name is mike embley. coming up later for you -- a remarkable life. the woman who kept and frank's diary safe dies at the remarkable age of 100. and at guantanamo guard -- and a guantanamo guard says sari. -- sorry. hello. would you like to go to work -- would you like to go to war in iraq? no, according to a report. it concluded the military had no sound legal basis. also today, the iraq war inquiry in london has been hearing from one of tony blair's key aides. more on that in a moment. first though, from the dutch report that pulls no punches. >> after months of hearings and deliberations, the inquiry into the dutch government's support of the war in iraq was ready. it will make uncomfortable reading for the ministers, particularly the prime minister. the report concludes that the prime minister was preoccupied with
the war before we deescalate it. the president who is against the surge in iraq is now imitating that same surge in afghanistan. the plan seems to be surge, stabilize the cities and win time to train the afghan security forces. that is the hidden message that there is -- we're going to contain but not defeat the taliban. now, the president's afghan plan has some problems as i see it. .... >> there was also the fact there was so much ethnic cleansing that the warring ethnosectarian factions were separated. my prediction in iraq is violence will return. there have been periodic large, multiple bombings like yesterday that indicates that all is not well. now, the strategy in the short term was a good one, paying off the sunni awakening which successfully divide the opposition and cannot be awakening to attack al qaeda instead of the united states. this same strategy of dividing the opposition has actually worked before to win counterinsurgency campaigns. there have been very few counterinsurgency campaigns that have been successful in the 20th century, but the defeat of the philippine rebels
as our only guest, general george casey. he commanded u.s. and allied forces in iraq. let's take a look at the many challenges facing the army in this area of persistent conflict. at war continuously since 9-11, concerns are growing that the army is wearing out. of a force of 556,000, nearly half the army is deployed or stationed worldwide with 150,000 news in iraq and afghanistan. repeated year long combat tours strained soldiers and their families. posttraumatic stress is widespread. soldier suicide rates hit record highs. young officers are quitting leaving a shortage of field grade leaders. they are promoting noncommissioned sphergs. the army added 26,000 troops to the ranks since 2004 with plans to add 26,000 more in the next three years. a full withdrawal from iraq should allow a certainly of 26,000 troops to afghanistan. will that be enough to rest weary combat units. general casey, welcome to the show. >> thank you. nice to be here. >>> if you include national guard and reserves, the army is more than a million people. the brunt of the fighting is on the active duty force about
charles. live with special coverage from britain posset iraq for inquiry. prime minister tony blair currently appearing. the sticky right back to the inquiry -- let us take you right back to the inquiry. >> didn't you have the skill to explain to parliament what you just said to me, that we were still determined that you and routes and a peaceful resolution? >> parliament can be a tricky form in which to engage in a nuanced exercise, my experience after 10 years of prime minister's questions. but it is a perfectly fair point. and toward the end of october, i think jacqueline said to me, look, you got to come and take certain decisions. i do want to emphasize, because it is very important if at any point of the military said you would inhibit our ability to do this if we can't have a visible planning, then obviously -- and that is what happened in october, -- but my worry was, you were going to be in a situation where people assume that is what not in fact has been decided. so we had for prudent and sensible reasons carry on doing this in military planning. we were doing it as much
to go to war in iraq? the answer is no acrding to a hi level of independent inquiry into dutch rsort -- dutch support the conclusion wa that there was no sound conclusion f invasion. we have more on that and one of tony bla's key aides in just a moment. >> after months of hearings and deberations, the inquiry into e dutch government' support into the '04n iraqas ready. -- into the war i iraq was ready. it will ma many misters unmfortable. the rert says that in t lead up to the war i 2003, the prime ministerwas preoccupiedith domestic maers. by the time he rnedis attention to iraq, the dutch policy had already been set. later, the secretary neral of nato. the iniry fou the pre minister w not involved a vital decision. >> it is the task othe prime minist to take the lead in cabinet, so you should say when important qutions are going on ike war or no war. >> the enquiry into the dutch government's actionsid not pull its punches. it provided no sund mandate in the invasn inraq. the gornment let politic overde law when itupported the invasion, and intelligence reports io whether iraq had
for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> "i would do it again." tony blair gives evidence at the iraq inquiry. >> it was better to deal with this threat, to remove him from office, and i do genuinely believe the world a safer as a result. >> in iraq, it is everyday life that is important. ongoing violence and instability, and elections due in march. back with a bang. america's economy is growing at its fastest rate in six years. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcasting around the globe. the haitian government says it desperately needs to hundred thousand tents to house refugees. meet the first warplanes developed by russia since the collapse of the soviet union. he called it "the calculus of risk." tonylair gave evidence to the iraq inquiry today during six hours of questioning. he went from slightly nervous to unrepentant toobust with his reasoning and belief behind the decision to go to war in iraq. he said he has no regrets about removing saddam hussein. he hinted at the possibility of a new war with iran. our correspondent was at the inquiry. >> he arrived in the half light of da
gave evidence at the iraq inquiry. >> it was better to deal with the threat, to remove him from office, and i do jr. meet believe the world is safer as a result. -- i do genuinely believe the world is safer as a result. >> but ongoing violence and instability in iraq and elections due in march. the haitian government says it needs tense and desperately to house refugees. welcome to "bbc world news." coming up later for you -- meet the 250. first warplane built by russia since the collapse of the soviet union. you may want to consider this a new attraction in beijing. he called its the calculus of risk -- he called it the calculus of risk. tony blair gives evidence to the iraq inquiry today. during six hours of questioning, he went from slightly nervous still repentance to robots. -- he told the inquiry he had no regrets about removing saddam hussein, and he hinted at the possibility of a new war with iran. our correspondent spent the day at the inquiry. >> he arrived in the half light of dawn to the sound of a single bell tolling. tony blair's convoy headed to the basement. he slipped
talking about earlier. another part of it was the un embargo on the export of defense material to iraq, no-fly zones are another part, and the stationing of coalition forces including british forces in neighboring countries. it was all part of this policy of containment. by 2001, what had that achieved? was it the same? >> yes. it had certainly stopped him from acquiring material. he had an ambition earlier to have nuclear weapons. we were pretty confident that his ambitions had been constrained. they certainly weren't eliminated. there were many aspects of things he was engaged upon that were contrary to the sanctions. he was trying to extend the range of one of his existing missiles. he was trying to develop long-range missiles. inspectors found casings and engines that were larger than was allowed under the rules. no doubt that his agents trying to acquire material. he was constantly pushing and breaching the rules. he wasn't completely successful. it wasn't a complete failure either. there were areas in which he was able to get around the rules. but for that policy he would have done a
way. it is almost like the people who were talking about iraq and afghanistan, how many months before we leave? it did not take five or ten years to put haiti where it is. a began with someone elected in 57 and the country continue down. so if it took all these years to put it where it is today, i think it is going to take a little time for it to get where it is. i don't mean the international has to be there all the time but it least to accompany us to pull together, so i can i give you a timeline. >> thank you. over here. >> good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. my name is rosemary. the president for hope for tomorrow. sorry ambassador for all that happened. we are with you, you know that. i just want to put a comment on resettlement with the patients. we have come up with a strategy on temporarily sheltering women and children in haiti so what we are trying to do is see that women in haiti and the children are somewhere. what are you doing with the children that they are being taken away, and women. we want haitian children to remain in haiti with the haitian people and that is why
to be adaptive. you don't rely on doctrine or series. we have seen in counterinsurgency in iraq and afghanistan, pushed to the lowest levels because of the complexity of the situation. you don't have to have a strong central government that a lot of people think we need to have in afghanistan. if you look at the success in iraq in terms of gaining the participation of local elites, the commanders often times in the central government. we say a good central government does help and central authorities select the commanders, help or hinder them. the population centric view, what you need is to create government legitimacy and you do this by social and political and economic reforms to bring an end to the population's grievances and you should minimize the use of force because force tends to alienate the population. i do agree gaining people's support is important but a different view of how you do that. security is a big part of it and good governance and virtuous governments and big social and economic programs. if you look in afghanistan, foreign governments and charities poured tons of money i
involvement in the iraq war. this is about one hour and 20 minutes. >> one of the things they kept referring to was a letter in october, on the 29th of october, we wrote that the u.s. planning was increasing, assuming that there would be no u.k. land contribution. >> let us presume where we left off. >> just following on from there we talk about these options, and the affected two employees were no. 2 and no. 3. no. 2 was a significant maritime a number three was a division. and you've given us some indication of the pressures and considerations for a division. how would -- how word different options and evaluated? you have indicated they had many implications. what was the process by which you assessed which of these would like to go for? >> in terms of what was actually achievable, i think it was assumed that we would want to be helpful to the united states in the situation, and therefore how would we go about contributing as much as was consistent all along with all of the of the pressures that we faced. >> what of the paper that went through the advantages? >> the letter that i just refe
the iraq survey group whiches in my view an -- which is in my view an extremely important documented, solved the conundrum and riddle of what he was up to and we can see what happened but if you go back to that time, if you read the executive summary and the information that follows, i can't see how anyone could come to a different conclusion. >> there were... a problem, maybe another lesson, intelligence is often described as joining up the dots. because your information is limited. and there was a very powerful hiypothesis that allowed you to join up the dots but there were alternative hypotheses and they were around at the time and it is partly -- almost a due diligence. was there a challenge to the intelligence? are you absolutely sure that there isn't another way of explaining all of this material? >> when you are -- part of the joint intelligence committee, and it is giving you this information, you've got to rely on the people doing it with experience and commitment and in telegraph gr-- integrity and th do and with better hindsight we look back on the situation differently an
news." >> wou do it agn." tony blair givesvidence atthe iraq inqry. >> iwas better deal with thisthreat, to remove him from office, and i do genuily believe the world safer as a result >> in iq, it is everay life that is importa. going violence and inability, and electis due in march. back with a bang. amera's ecomy igrowing at s fastest rate inix years. elcome to "bbc wornews," broadcasting arod the globe. the haitian govnment says it desperately needs to hundred thousand tents to hous refuge meet the first warplanes developed by russia since the collapse of the soviet union. he calle it "the calculus of risk." tony blair gavevidence to the iraq iuiry tod duri six hours of questioni. heent from slightly nervous to unrepentant to robust with his asoning and belief behind th decision to go to war in iraq. he said he h no rrets about removing saddam hussein. he hinted at the possibili of a new warith iran. our crespondent was at the inquiry. >> he arved in the half light of dawn to the sound of a single bell tolng. his nvoy headed to the basement. e slippedn through a side
on iraq or indeed the middle east because the israeli issue was a big issue at the time. in fact i think i remember there have been conversations we had even with israelis, the two of us while we were there so that was a major part of all of this. but the principal part of my station was to try and say look in the end we've got to deal with various different dimensions of this whole issue. for me what happened after september 11th was i was starting to look at this whole issue to do with this unrepresented extremism in a different way and i wanted to persuade president bush but also get a sense from him as to where he was on the broad issue. -- what you're suggesting you were having general discussions in terms of getting reviews across to each other trying to understand and establish a relationship. >> yes but also from his -- >> during the course of the discussions do you think you gave him any commitments? >> the only commitment i gave, and i gave this openly in the meeting was a commitment to deal with saddam hussein. now -- >> so when you had to deal with -- >> absolutely and that was
/11 and the axis of evil speech and the prospect that you admitted to effect regime change in iraq, more largely than never. so christopher mayer told us that he received new instructions from downing street in march 2002 and that when the pm and the president met, they were there to talk about containment of sharpening sections he said. did you agree with the prime minister's views on regime change? >> sorry, what did you say christopher said? >> they said they weren't there to talk about containment or shopping sanctions. >> ipods in several in christopher bears as they didn't didn't actually put trade a proper picture. >> i would like to say that did you agree with the prime minister's views on regime change? >> if you are saying to me, do i agree with christopher's analysis that the prime minister shifted his position from one of containment to regime containment and disarmament to the united nations to a regime change, then i don't accept the analysis at all. >> i'm talking about the meeting crawford and i'm really asking you again, did you agree with the prime minister's views on regime ch
, and the wars in iraq and afghanistan. the state of the union address wednesday night. our coverage starts at 8 p.m. eastern on l president's address live on your iphone with the c-span radio ap. >> and now a portion of a conference focusing on the representation of women and minorities in leadership positions. speaking at this session was cristina lopez, president of the national his panama institute. this is about 35 minutes. >> i'm very pleased to introduce our next speaker, ms. cristina lopez, who is the president of the national hispanic leadership institute. known as nhli. nhli is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing ethical leadership in the hispanic community. the institute is the only national leadership development institute focused and committed to this mission. and in my opinion as a person who has been involved in the public sector most of my career, ethical leadership is knowing your core values and then having the courage to live them in all aspects of your life even when it's not convenient to do that. i'm very interested in hearing ms. lopez's remarks considering th
this it -- difficult decisions in his life is giving over information on the iraq conflict. suggesting that the iraqi leader of said from hussein -- saddam hussein did have weapons of mass destruction. >> under questioning he denied the former british prime minister that opted for regime change in iraq after speaking with president bush in texas. >> they shared the view that saddam hussein ran a barber's regime. they share the fear about his weapons of mass destruction program. george bush was simply saying, as he said publicly, that his policy was regime change. tony blair made it clear that the british policy was to pursue disarmament. >> the former tony blair press secretary has always denied the claim that he trussed up reports of weapons of mass destruction. in 2,000 tons -- 2002 i offered saddam hussein a final opportunity to comply with disarmament. some took the refusal since then as authorizing war. an inquiry in the netherlands concluded that the un resolution provided no basis for invasion. there were persistent rumors that they were militarily involved in the situation. there is still muc
for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >> tony blair defends his decision to take britain to war in iraq, saying he has no regrets about it. >> if there was any possibility that he could develop weapons of mass destruction, we should stop him. it was my view then. that is my view now. >> president obama's call to arms, he promises to fix america's economy and the banks in the state of the union address. >> we do not quit. i do not quit. let's seize this moment to begin anew, to carry the dream forward. >> and the most amazing tale of survival, this girl was found in her collapsed hom15 days after the haiti earthquake. hello, welcome to this week, a review of the major news stories em in the past seven days. -- as seen in the past seven days. this week, britain was put under the microscope. tony blair and the form of -- the foreign secretary at the time ignored u.n. advice. the former british attorney general at the time told the inquiry he changed his opinion at the last minute about the legality of the invasion, on days before it began. he rejected claims he was bullied into doing so by
's initiative to close guantanamo and drawdown the presence in iraq resulted in a surge of the approval rating across the arab world. in such different come these countries as syria qatar and egypt where approval ratings had fell in single digits public opinion polls showed a marked increase in approval of that 15% and syria, 22% qatar, a 25% egypt. these are not a huge approval ratings but when you deal in double digits that response is a positive trend. the most dramatic of approval came in north africa in about syria and to be sure when they were up by 22% eight zogby poll found more support for the administration and saudi arabia, united arab emirates more than 50 percent of respondents claimed to have a more positive view of the usa since the election of barack obama between the gallup poll and the sabia but obama's still clearly faces a real area of distressed when he went to cairo. only the united arab emirates tallied the outright majority view of the united states when obama took to the podium and cairo he was talking to a skeptical arab world and in egypt a clear 70% of the public wh
questions on iraq. the hardest was why now? why is it we knew what we knew now and we didn't before? it isn't that made us believe what we have to do now so it's about selling the policy as well, not just helping intelligence. >> it was also at the time, and this is again how things look so differently in the sense of the benefit of hindsight at the time i don't know if you remember but over the period until then things are relatively calm and denied it was jim baker and brent scowcroft made a couple of high-profile interventions in the american debate on if you like the state department side of the argument and the neocons really corrected up by cheney and rumsfeld and their people making some pretty neocon type of statements and part of the thinking when the prime minister came back from from summer break and we went to mozambique and then decided to have a press conference that is where he said we were going to bring forth the process on the dossier and part of that was trying to call the situation. he made the point in the september 3rd press conference. again no decisions are being tak
to the british prime minister in front of a young audience. britain's top lawyer testifies about the iraq war. why did he change his mind? world powers pledged to bolster yemen's government. >> we are counting down to president obama's first state of the union address. we will have analysis later in the program. >> a warm welcome, "bbc world news" broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. lessons from the meltdown, the world economic forum opens, calling for a rethink of capitalism. and healing the wounds, the children of haiti, air lifted to new york. >>> hello. could the afghans president's plans to offer talks and money to the taliban not undermine the freedoms won by the afghan people? tommy karzai has been defending himself against accusations ahead of thursday's london conference on afghanistan. britain's prime minister gordon brown answered questions from afghan and british students and defended his deployment of british troops. our world affairs correspondent was there. >> president karzai arrives in london knowing that he has repair work to do on his reputation and that of hi
bush declares war on iraq. jim, your thoughts about that, you know, momentous-- >> again, just to make that list is a reminder how much the media can get lost on stories and frankly aren't that important. elizabeth smart was a tragedy to her father and some americans, but iraq war was more on that and the media picked up on that. >> jon: and the media were accused to giving too much support to the war in iraq when it began. >> it was clear our coverage was gull ab, naive to use cal's words boosterish and here we are all suffering suffering years later that those questions were not asked in a direct and pointed way as we wandered into these wars in iraq and afghanistan, is the most disappointing moment of the media in the decade. >> jon: a lot of the history of the war is yet to be written. >> maybe ten years later, but boy where we sit now we should have been tougher then. >> jon: time for break and lots of extras available on our website, including some discussion that is erupt during the break and hear them after the show foxnews.com/fox news watch. we'll be back in two minutes to
's tp lawyer at the time of the iraq war testifies. whyid he change his mind? and lessons from the meltdown. the wor econoc forum opens in davos andalls for fundental retnking of capitalis no ss. hello to u. could the afghan president's plan to offer talksnd money to peace with the tliban undermine the environment wi the afghaneople? homage kzai has been defending himself from the accusation. -- homage karzai. britain's prime minister swered questions from afghan d british studts and defended his deoyment of british troops. our world om paris our wod affairs correspondent was there. >>president karzai arrives londonnowing he has repair ork to do on hiswn reputation and that of his vernment. last year's afghan elections were widelyseen as flawed by widespread corruption. at the same time, mo troops than ever were being killeor injured in the war against the taliban. was it, one studt asked, worth e price being paid? british soiers have been fighting in afghanistan for nine years. practically ha my life. ha we en any cnge in the situation over ere? will we get better? or will my
embley. coming up later for you -- britain's top lawyer at the time of the iraq war testifies. why did he change his mind? and lessons from the meltdown. the world economic forum opens in davos and calls for fundamental rethinking of capitalism, no less. hello to you. could the afghan president's plan to offer talks and money to peace with the taliban undermine the environment with the afghan people? homage karzai has been defending himself from the accusation. -- homage karzai. britain's prime minister answered questions from afghan and british students and defended his deployment of british troops. our world from paris -- our world affairs correspondent was there. >> president karzai arrives in london knowing he has repair work to do on his own reputation and that of his government. last ye's afghan elections were widely seen as flawed by widespread corruption. at the same time, more troops than ever were being killed or injured in the war against the taliban. was it, one student asked, worth the price being paid? >> british soldiers have been fighting in afghanistan for nine years. pra
dozens more. iraq will start legal proceedings against employees of black water after a u.s. court cleared them from killing 17 iraqi citizens. there's growing islamic militancy in yemen. welcome to "bbc world news." coming up later, russia sets a new minimum price for vodka. he hardly had a leg to stand on. a stork was given a new lease on life. ♪ >> almost 90 people have been killed at a community volleyball tournament in pakistan after a suicide car bomber blew himself up. the attack took place near lakki marwat. more than 20 buildings were destroyed. people are still trapped inside. we have this report from islamabad. >> many of these people have been enjoying a volleyball match. the games are played every day, this man says. we were watching together when a vehicle came onto the ground. a car packed with explosives group -- blow up near the spectators. dozens were killed instantly. many more were badly wounded. local television showed parts of what they thought was the vehicle used in the bombing. they also showed remains of the buildings destroyed in the massive blast. all
the president and his general compete to will the peace. britain's iraq inquiry, a top legal adviser at the time of the invasion says the war was illegal. haiti after the earthquake -- there will be an international donors conference in march. france moves this step cloves -- closer banning muslim women fm wearing a full they'll in some public spaces. out of the recession but not the woods. figures say the british economy moves into growth, but only just. it is 7:00 a.m. in washington, mid day here in london and 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon in sri lanka where polls have closed in the first peacetime election in decades following e defeat of the tamil tiger rebels last year. the main candidates are the correct leader and a former army commander. hours before polling booths opened people in the northern city reported hearing up to four explosions. it report now on what the man who prosecuted the war e offering the country now at peace. >> sri lanka is at a turning point. the country's first peacetime presidential election in nearly 30 years. after decades of civil war and a bitter election campaign,
. >> this is worth further discussion and we'll do it next. >> iraq was yesterday's war. afghanistan is today's war. if we don't act preemtively, yemen will be tomorrow's war. that's the danger we face. >> senator joe liberman, chairman of the senate homeland security and government affairs committee on fox. anybody want to respond to the chaney comments? >> yes. or liberman. we already are in a war in yemen. we've got a lot of assets over there and predators and we're going to be more and more. i think the obama thing is speak softliers don't use a whole lot of rhetoric. but be pretty serious on the counter terrorist side. i'm pretty sure that the defense. and there is evidence in yemen they're doing a lot. they're having air raids on these al-qaeda bases on december i think it was 14th or no, 17th and 24th. those are american-staged. i mn, they may have been yemen airports but that was america at work. >> in nearly seven years the united states has been at warp in iraq, there's no al-qaeda influence in iraq or involvement in iraq. now we're at afghanistan where according to general jim jones and
questions about the iraq war aimed at britain's former prime minister, today's testimony and potential impact on the u.s. >>> and storm warnings posted in 17 states as agony turns into snowstorms. >> it's friday, january 29th, 2010. >>> good morning. happy friday to you. toyota's historic recall is now a global problem. the automaker is losing millions of dollars and market share and it's longtime reputation for quality. >> now japanese leaders are demanding action. viviana hurtado joins us from washington. >>> the japanese trade minister called the scale of the recall huge and it's expected to grow. as it grows, japan called on the world's largest auto make tore regain the confidence. amid reports that toyota had received complaints of runaway cars for years. the indiana pedal supplier said toyota told it this part was not responsible for any of the serious accidents or deaths linked to runaway vehicles. >> they acknowledged toyota that they did not cause any accidents related to that condition of the pedal. >> reporter: reports of these incidents coincided with the company's use of c
and women to the fight in battle in afghanistan and iraq. and some of them have not come home. and we've seen the worst drought on record. and in an economy as difficult as any of us can ever remember in our generation going back to the 1930s. you don't need me today to tell you that the challenge before us is real, but we can rest in the knowledge that america has seen these times before. just over a year ago as my fellow governors and i gathered with our newly-elected president in philadelphia, i sat in the chambers of our nation's first capitol at congress, congress hall. and my mind couldn't help but wandering back to those earliest days of our nation and to the founding fathers. there in those hallowed surroundings i couldn't help but reflect on their courage and their optimism in the face of ultimate uncertainty. their hope was against all odds, but it was the, their spirit that the time demanded of them. think back to the early months of revolutionary war, if you will, with me. we know that families from savannah to boston had begin their father -- given their fathers and sons
-2020 deficit by $1.30 trillion, cut troops in iraq and the afghanistan, cut it by $0.60 trillion, expand 2001- 2003 bush tax cut, that would grow the deficit by $3.20 trillion. extend other expiring tax provisions of that would expand the deficit by $2.50 trillion and adjust the alternative minimum tax for inflation, that would grow the deficit by 0.7. queens, new york, roger on independent line. caller: good morning, greta, how are you. what i would like to hear from the president is a more combative tone. we will hear a panoply of things. we will hear about job creation and various things of his agenda. he must show the middleman -- people on main street, that he is going to fight for us. he must show a combative tone. yes, he is trying to be bipartisan, but i think everybody can see -- the people, independence especially, want to see him fight for us. it is as simple as that. actions always speak louder than words. unfortunately -- i hate to say this, he has to do you sell many of us want him to be our champion, and of story. host: michigan, don on the line up for the democrats. caller: th
senior lawyers during the buildup to the iraq war but declare that the inquiry -- at the inquiry -- to the iraq war at the inquiry. another person was giving evidence, and she resigned in protest to the war. we have this report. >> they were the two most senior lawyers. they both believe that the invasion of iraq was unlawful. they were both ignored for is to give evidence was the former foreign office legal advisor -- they were both ignored. first to give evidence was the former foreign office legal advisor. they believed it was contrary to international law. in my opinion, that use of force had not been authorized. he recalled that five months before the invasion, he had been summoned to see jack straw. >> we had a bilateral meeting. he took the view that i was being very dogmatic and that international law was very vague, and he was not used to people taking such a firm position when he had been at the home office -- taking such a firm position. when he had been at the home office, he had often been advised that things unlawful, and he had won in the courts. >> he said it was
with the united states, helping to break into militant groups into iraq -- in iraq and more recently in afghanistan and in yemen as well. but jordan does not want its own population to know much about that. it does not want the wider arab world to know about it. that is the word on the street -- broad support for attacks on american cia officials, and that is where we see jordan split. >> you are watching "bbc world news." let's go back to washington. this is the scene live in the grand foyer. our main story, that president obama is meeting with top intelligence and security officials. we expect the president to speak in the next few moments. as we wait for him to leave that meeting and speak to the assembled media, let's speak to philip thomas. he has been away for 11 days in hawaii, and as well as the obvious security measures we think he will be announcing today, something of a damage limitation exercise politically for him. >> he wants to be in control, chris, firm, and share some of the outrage that america is feeling and show that he acknowledges the national sense of shock out
-- britain's defense secretary tells the iraq inquiry it was legal and not inevitable. and it has gone well past the drug. why italian chefs cannot stomach the way we make celanese. -- in it has gone well past a joke. hello to you. helicopters have landed u.s. marines in combat gear but wielding of the packages. a commanding presence on the grounds of the destroyed presidential palace in haiti. the u.s. has also started air drops, and in the absence of a functioning government, the united nations has sent thousands of extra peacekeepers. but with million -- 1 million homeless and 3 million meeting eight, still not enough is getting it through. that is contributing to frustration and tension on the streets. to port-au-prince and the latest on the aid effort and the plight of the haitian people. >> one week ago today, much of the city was turned to rubble and lives were changed forever. we now know how that sad tragedy unfolded. so far, up to 1 million people have been left homeless, stranded. by their admission, the united nations says it will only reach a fraction of those people. perhaps u
groups in iraq and afghanistan. and in yemen as well. but jordan does not want its own population to know too much about that. it does not know the -- it does not want the wider arab world to know about it. there is broad support for attacks on the american cia officials, and that is why we see de veep -- that is why jordan is split. >> an attack has wounded and killed three other people in the gaza strip. israeli officials have confirmed the attack. witnesses said the target was a group of militants. the largest of the descent groups in northern ireland will announce tomorrow that it has put its weapons out of use. now in a move that threatens to further damage iceland's's international relations, the country's president has refused to ratify a bill to compensate britain and the netherlands for billions of dollars lost in an online bank collapse. the bill has anchored -- has angered those who said they would be paying for the government's mistakes. our correspondent sent this report. >> the collapse of the online isave banked left the island's economy reeling and thousands fearing for th
solution in iraq and afghanistan and pakistan based on the concept of cut off the head of the snake and everything will fall into place. this doctrine which was evolved originally by israel did not succeed in palestine. did not succeed in iraq. and cannot succeed in afghanistan and pakistan. because the militants draw their strength in their objective, which is panic and attrition. they draw their strength from a public unhappiness which is based on a public opposition to their own government and to u.s. policies. so that oxygen has to be dried up. and that requires a change in u.s. policy toward dialogue and dialogue which hopefully the american public will support. >> i found a myself wondering about the timing of this. is it a hill sudden? >> it is a little sudden, yes. but after agreeing with the ambassador, i would like to look at it from a different perspective. number one, how do we define taliban? if these are the same taliban who we were fighting for the last eight years using american taxpayers' money, failing miserably, then what's the purpose? i think they may have diffe
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-- sanctions in place, iraq would not be able to produce a nuclear weapon. without sanctions it would take five years. it went on to say they were proceed to obtain the role. taken from the jic i believe. basically the line that's been taking here -- put it this way, the iraq knew how to cook, but they lacked the ingredient. as long as sanctions were in place, they wouldn't get the ingredient. it would take them five years to get the ingredients themselves. but self-evidently, if somebody just gave them the ingredient, then it would take them far less time. that's basically the sort of position that they are taking. but you've not got the particular problem with that. which was retaining some sort of consistency with the americans. president bush in the speech to the u.n. general assembly on the 12th of september said should iraq require the material which is the basic point about somebody somebody giving you. it would be able to build a nuclear weapon within a year. >> yup. now that obviously begs all of the important questions about the material. so did you see that as a problem of reconcilia
would appear before the iraq inquiry. now, prime minister's questions. >> order. questions for the prime minister. bill wiggin. >> number one, mr. speaker. >> before listing my engagements, i know that the whole house will wish to join me in paying tribute to captain daniel read, from 11 explosive ordnance disposal regiment, royal logistic corps. he died in afghanistan on monday, undertaking the dangerous work of protecting his fellow soldiers and civilians from explosive devices. the courage and selflessness of this work is truly breathtaking. his sacrifice will not be forgotten, and we send our sincere condolences to his family and friends. i know that the whole house will wish to join me in paying tribute also to rupert hamer, who lost his life in afghanistan while reporting from the front line, and to his colleague who was injured. our thoughts are also with their families, friends and colleagues. we are grateful to all those who put themselves in danger to ensure that the world is aware of the bravery of those serving in afghanistan and the realities of life there. because of the de
to examine british involvement in the iraq war. some of the issues addressed our military readiness and lack of equipment. this is 2 hours 15 minutes. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2010] >> i would like to talk briefly about this before. basically, the campaign went extraordinarily well and was much quicker than anticipated. is that right? >> i think it was very successful. they were able to target with astonishing precision the enemy to the extent that large numbers of iraqi soldiers in various places simply went home. >> had the coalition's military intelligence turned out to be accurate? >> not unfairly, because i was led to believe the republican -- not entirely, because i was led to believe the republican guard was a sophisticated unit, but what it demonstrates in contrast with the first gulf war and advances in technology and bombing in particular was that more conventional forces, albeit a much bigger size, simply could not resist. >> on the first of may we get a situation where it is declared the mission is
the government humanitarian response that mr. speaker, given everything that's come to light in the iraq war, will the prime minister now do the decent thing and volunteer to give answers to the inquiry before people decide how to vote? >> mr. speaker, the inquiry has drawn up a list of people they wish to contribute. they've invited people on the dates they have done. i will follow the recommendations of the committee. i have nothing to hide on this metric i'm happy to give evidence equally at this time. i thought the debate in the house was the inquiry should decide when people were. >> mr. speaker, the point is it isn't just a question for mr. john chilcot that it is the question for the prime minister's own conscience. when the decisions were taken, to launch the legal war he wasn't only in the room. he was the one who signed a check that he should insist on going to the inquiry now. people are entitled to know before they decide how to vote for the general election what his role was in this government most disastrous decision. what does he have to hide? >> nothing, and he was the one th
of issues that creates problems, creates difficulty in afghanistan, it creates it in iraq. and we don't want to repeat the same mistake. >> reporter: al-qirbi claims there are as many as 300 experienced al qaeda fighters any of whom could have influenced umar farouk abdulmutallab. u.s. and yemeni investigators are looking for links between abdulmutallab and this man, anwar al-alawki. the american-born cleric's popular online sermons preach violent jihad against the u.s. >> i think him with other al qaeda operatives are now under surveillance by security forces for sure. >> reporter: for the u.s., it's a familiar dilemma. how to root out al qaeda without becoming by their very presence the jihadis' main recruiting tool. terry mckathy, cbs news, sana'a. >> couric: turning to politics now, this is shaping up as a very difficult election year for the democrats, struggling to hold on the that 60 vote supermajority in the senate. they need every one of those 60 votes to cut off any filibuster by the republicans. but in the past 24 hours, two veteran senate democrats announced they're retiring. chr
? >> and republicans prepare their response. >>> plus vice president joe biden in iraq to help the country gear up for elections. but he comes with a special message for iraq. >>> and an ambulance finds itself in its own emergency. patients on board, no less. back after this.  >>> it has been a year since president obama took the oath of office. so wednesday the president gives his state of the union address which he'll lay out his plans for economy and health care. republicans will be watching and preparing to respond. >> the president is now moving from a tight focus on health care to one on the economy. that change of emphasis is what we expect to see in his first official state of the union address next week. but republicans are on the attack on both fronts. here's president obama in ohio followed by john boehner today. >> so long as i have your backing as president, i won't stop fighting to bring back jobs here. >> my home state of ohio has endured nine straight months of double digit enemployment. democrats in washington have been focused on this government- takeover of health
-- the parties a little more time to try to solve them. >> was it right to go to war in iraq? no, according to a high level independent inquiry dutch report of the 2003 invasion. this ministry has found no sound legal basis. the netherlands backed the invasion, although it sent no soldiers. while in london, the iraq war inquiry will hear from one of tony blair's key aide. he addressed the accusation that he h exaggerated reasons to support the war. >> no one was closer to 20 player's thinking no official has shrunk greater laurel -- to tony blair's thinking and no official has shown greater loyalty to him over the years than alistair campbell. he was at the very center of a events, present at the bible meetings, privy to the most secret briefings. -- at the vital meetings, privy to the most secret briefings. the inquiry wanted to know to what extent mr. blair and of the then chancellor -- involved the then chancellor. >> would he have it involvethe then chancellor of the exchequer gordon brown? >> o.h. yes. >> gordon brown would have been very much part of the private circle of consultation
to appeal th decisn. earlr, i spoke to the cirman of the forgn affairs committee iraq's parliament and a former natiol security advise we expected much tter than that. 17 iraqi civiliansere killed onhe road from baghdad to the international airport. justice ha to be done. iraq ll pursue other options. one is to appeal withithe american legal system. another option is to bring the blackwater eloyees back to iraq to try them accordingto the ira legal system. we have to have proper closure for this case. there are 17 famili waiting for clure. >> you have worked csely with the american government on securityssues. does n erupt have to accept the independence of the america justice system? -- ds not iraq veo accept the independence of the amecan justice syst? >> we have other eviden against these pele. the wer 17 innocentraqi citizenshat were not armedand that were not military or police that were killed othe road, probably by mistake. but somebody has killed them. >> you c find much more on this story on r web site. st go tobc.com/news. peter moore has arrived back i britain fromaghdad
." >> the he ordered the killing of 5,000 iraqi kurds. today the man known as chemical ali was exuted in iraq. possession but little hope of survivers from the ethiopian airlines plane that crashed off the coast of lebanon. enter at your own risk two weeks after the earthquake we take you inside haiti's most notorious slum. welcome to "bbc world news." coming up later for you, mission: impossible. the british and irish prime ministers try to save a northern ireland power-sharing agreement. >> oh, my goodness. >> and sending up racial bigotry. a musical about australia's racial bigotry. hello to saddam hussein's cousin and right-hand man. better known as chemical ali. has been hanged in iraq. last week he received his fourth death sentence for his most notorious act, ordering the killing of 5,000 kurds in a gas take on the village of whatlagea in 1988. news of his execution broke, three car bombs in baghdad killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens. from the iraqi capital, bbc reports. >> the moment that sealed chemical ali's fate and he seemed to know it. god be praised, he said. as the j
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